CES 2020 News: Focal adds new home cinema speakers and subwoofer to Chora series

Focal points to home cinema setups

by Andy Bassett

Focal adds new three new home cinema speakers and a subwoofer to its Chora series, including its first Dolby Atmos enabled speaker, the Chora 826-D Atmos floor stander.

As well as the 826-D, there's the Chora Centre speaker, Chora Surround speaker and Sub 600p subwoofer and it’s clear from the new members of the family that Focal are targeting AV fans with home cinema setups.

The Chora 826-D reference floor stander is Focal’s very first speaker to incorporate Dolby Atmos and it does this with an upward facing driver embedded in the top of the tower. This directs the audio upwards thus creating the sound field’s height channels and the driver is angled specifically to bounce audio off the ceiling in a manner that fills the entire room.

The other new speakers all add to the cinematic experience with the Chora Centre able to reproduce clear and precise dialogue and it has an optional stand too. The Chora Surround is designed to be wall mounted for the rear and side audio channels and the 600W Sub 600p subwoofer takes care of the low-end gut-punch courtesy of its heavy and rigid Polyflex cone.

All of the speakers in the Chora range use speaker drivers with a Slatefibre cone and combine them with an Aluminium/ Magnesium TNF tweeter and the latest additions are no different. The Slatefibre technology attains an optimal balance between damping, rigidity and lightness via its composite structure.
The Focal release is quoted below:



CES, Las Vegas | January 8, 2020 - French speaker specialist, Focal, has added three new models to its recently launched Chora range, including its first Dolby Atmos® designs. Made in France, the Chora 826-D, Chora Center and Chora Surround combine design, technology and performance for a genuine home cinema experience – plus excellent musicality - at great prices. The new Sub 600p subwoofer completes the launch line-up.

Chora 826-D is the new reference product for the range. For the first time, Focal has incorporated Dolby Atmos® technology in a floorstanding loudspeaker: a speaker driver installed above the loudspeaker directs the sound towards the ceiling at a carefully calculated angle, so that the audio signal is reflected around the entire room. The result has the listener wrapped in the sound and immersed in a highly realistic 3D world.

With the Chora Center – available with an optional stand, but also at home on an AV unit – voices and dialogues are reproduced with exceptional clarity and remarkable precision. Chora Surround, which can be easily wall-mounted, is ideal for rear- and side-channel action, bringing everything from movie action scenes to music concert performances to life. Focal engineers have brought extra bass to the party with the 600-watt Sub 600P, a 600-watt subwoofer.

Slatefiber technology
All Chora loudspeakers incorporate speaker drivers with a Slatefiber cone. Designed and made in France in Focal’s workshops using cutting-edge equipment, this composite cone combines thermoplastic polymer with recycled non-woven carbon fibres. The result is the optimal balance between damping, rigidity and lightness. The sound rendering is characterised by incredible richness, balance and dynamics.

This Slatefiber technology is combined with the Aluminium/Magnesium TNF tweeter, another exclusive technology included in the range to provide silky trebles and increasingly optimised sound spatialisation. The Sub 600P, meanwhile, features a Polyflex cone, heavier and more rigid to offer bass with impact and create an authentic Home Cinema experience.

The Focal signature is not just apparent in the technologies and the quality of French manufacturing, but also in the choice of design and finishes. Chora loudspeakers offer modern shapes and finishes (Black, Light Wood and Dark Wood), complemented by the slate effect of their Slatefiber cones, that suit contemporary homes.



Final pricing has yet to be announced but it is reported that it will fit with the positioning of the wider Chora range, which launched last year and is available now from £600-£1299.

Are you looking to expand a home cinema audio setup? If so, does the expanded Chora range from Focal sound like it would fit the bill?

Source: Press release
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